Wellbeing Australia is a not-for-profit Network* of people and organizations committed to developing the healthy relationships that lead to individual and community wellbeing, especially in education

Strengths, Circles and Social & Emotional Learning: Cairns, 3-4 March 2017.

This conference will be valuable for anyone concerned with young people’s wellbeing in ‘learning to be’ and ‘learning to live together’.

Delegates will be teachers, school leaders, counsellors, psychologists, community leaders, Circle trainers and schools, parents, and policy-makers.

There will be a mix of thought-provoking keynote presentations and symposia, alongside interactive workshops and plenty of opportunities to meet with others who share your passion for the authentic wellbeing of all young people.

The full Conference Program is published here. Many of the presenters have promised copies of their presentation, and we’ll add these to the Program pages as we receive them.

Presenters included:


Megan Mitchell, National Children’s Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission, on SEL and children’s rights


Associate Professor Erica Frydenberg, co-editor of Social and Emotional Learning in Australia and the Asia-Pacific, talking about coping and resilience


Dr Helen Street, founder of the Positive Schools conferences, on the importance of context


Dr Brenda Dobia, co-author for KidsMatter of Promoting the Mental Health & Wellbeing of Indigenous Children in Australian Primary Schools, raising issues of respect for indigenous culture


Associate Professor Sue Roffey, founder of Wellbeing Australia and creator of Circle Solutions, on teaching shared humanity


Kerry Bird, Personal and Social Development project officer for Brisbane Catholic Education, on relationships and sexuality education: much more than just lessons